Bart, AKA: Bamboo city, USA
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Unique course, utilizing a variety of shots (mostly technical)
-Constantly changing elevation makes play challenging
-Oldest course in Austin, so a staple ("Bart")
Cons: -Bamboo so overgrown that you're bound to lose a disc here if you don't have a spotter, or aren't willing to trudge through head-high bamboo.
-Trash, everywhere (park is located in a lower socioeconomic area, and is heavily trafficked by teenagers, resulting in tons of dumped refuse. It's really sad, and fucking gross.)
-Muddy, almost always muddy, even over a week after rain is gone
Other Thoughts: I have played this course at least 20+ times in past decade, and when I played today, the bamboo was so thick, it really might be my last time. I played alone today, and I helped at least three other players along the way search for their lost disc. The fairways on holes 1-9 were freshly mowed, but the bamboo by the creek areas and drainage ditches is so overgrown, that if you throw anything off the tight fairways, you are in for disaster. This course used to be beginner friendly, but the overgrowth is so bad that I wouldn't give it the time of day unless you are an intermediate to advanced level player.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Classic Course with some nice elevation changes.
Cons: Difficult to navigate and dirt tees.
Other Thoughts: Tons of fun if you go with someone who knows the course- pretty frustrating to figure out for yourself. You can post some nice scores especially if you bring your tomahawk.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A for Effort
Pros: -Lots of short, technical shots that allow people with no distance to focus on accuracy.
-Great location and a breeze to get to
Cons: -Hard to find tees
-Only 15 holes
-Not playable when it's wet outside (or has rained much at all recently)
-The OBs are all getting thicker and thicker all the time and eat discs like no other.
Other Thoughts: I live right up the street from Bart. It's worth playing if it's relatively convenient to get to.
I'd really like to note that a HUGE amount of effort has gone into improving the course. Many of the baskets have a "green" mowed out, and paths are being mowed to help people find their way around. Someone has also gone through and tried to reduce the thickness of the OBs on a lot of the front 9. If improvements keep getting made at this rate next summer then the course will probably be up to a 3.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Close to my house
Cons: Overgrown, stagnant mosquito infested water, poor design, bum squats, trashy, smelly, inconsistent rickety baskets, dirt tee boxes with no markings, missing baskets, difficult to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I'm "glad" I gave it a shot, but this course needs to be demolished and forgotten. I don't even know if building a new one on this property would make it better. It'd be hard to keep the bums from trashing this place, and get better water flow to get rid of the smell and mosquito nests. Awful course...
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Avoid at all costs
Pros: Centrally located
Cons: Missing holes
Difficult to navigate
Terrible tee boxes
Poor course design
Other Thoughts: This course is not long for this world, if I had to guess. The only upside is that it is somewhat centrally located. Besides that, the course is dirty, with garbage scattered everywhere, it is not maintained in any way, and certain holes (12, 13, 16, and 17) didn't even exists as far as I could tell. Who knows... maybe they do exist, and my friends and I just couldn't find them. The course is difficult to navigate and sporadically marked. The tee boxes are also in very bad shape.
The holes are pretty bad, even if they were properly maintained. There's only so many right to left sloping holes bordering a creek that one can play before you just have to say, "seriously?" If you're left-handed or right-hand/forehand, you may be in heaven... if you also happen to love creeks filled with trash and could actually see the baskets and find the tee boxes.
There are way better courses to play in Austin. In fact, this is the worst I've ever played here. This course either needs to be either completely revamped or scrapped.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs some Love
Pros: The course is located pretty close to downtown. It's an old classic par 3 disc golf for the most part. It has some nice rolling hills, woods, water, and rough. Overall it has a great mix of fun holes.
Hole #3 has an elvated tee where you can let a huge bomb go.
I really like #7. It's a nice RHBH turnover shot. On and over the sidewalk to the left is out of bounds. There is a decent sized ditch/water to the right. The basket is up the hill and elevated on a mound. Fun drive and great putting green.
There is one nice par 4 in hole #12.
Cons: The tee pads are really bad. They are dirt and many are uneven.
The course is very difficult to navigate. There are no tee signs and the tees are difficult to locate.
The baskets are in very rough shape.
The errosion needs to be taken care of. It's pretty bad.
Quite a bit of litter scattered around the entire park.
Other Thoughts: Print a map prior to playing. If you don't you'll be looking.
This course & park needs some TLC. I enjoyed it but it definitely needs some work.
I actually like this land a lot better than Roy G course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs maintenance badly
Pros: Interesting variety of shots and terrain. There are lots of shots over a creek and up and down hills that require a variety of shots and skills. It's one of the oldest courses in the state and a few of the shots remind me of Pease (the higher starting point on hole three in particular). There usually aren't too many people playing the course so it can be nice to practice on and there are several wide open fields that are great for practicing. Holes 2, 3, 5, and 6 are really unique and fun.
Cons: The park and the course are not very well maintained right now (fall 2012). It is very easy to lose a disc on the shots that pass near the water due to the very high vegetation growing all around the creek. The tees are very worn and you will often see people shooting from the sides so that they can have a flat surface. Some of the holes on the back 6/9 are a mess due to the lack of maintenance and the ongoing construction of the new pool in the park.
Other Thoughts: I think there is a good chance that this course is not long for the world. Many of the alleged problems with Pease (erosion, proximity to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, etc) are present and it seems to be a low priority for both Austin Disc Golfers as well as the Austin Parks and Rec department. I suspect once they turn their attention to the park they may decide to just put in a new park elsewhere rather than try and fix all the problems. While I have a certain fondness for the park since it was where I first learned to play, I would much rather play at Circle C, Roy G, or Searight and not lose a disc or sprain an ankle.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
So much potential
Pros: First 5 or so holes are fun to play, a few others are good as well. Neat out of bounds areas (thin sidewalks, ect). Good for about an hour or so game play. Close to conoco.
Cons: Hard to locate tees. Have to check baskets for numbers. Tees are just ruts in the ground, most are not even visible.
only 15 holes. Easy to lose to discs on 10 i think it was. 1 is not even close to the park, its basically on its own. Rusty baskets.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 is not even in the park basically hahah, you have to keep goin down 51st till the very end of the park (nowere to park). Correct it is right past tennis courts, but you still have a bit of a walk to get to it. When you reach 15.... keep walking strait. Took me 20min to find it.
Good course to play if you are local to the area. I did enjoy holes 1 - 5 i think and 7-10. Ended up skipping 12 - 14 as they didnt seem unique enough to play while i was in a bit of a rush. Did play 15.
Over all, if this course would just get some concrete tees, better number placement on the baskets, good signage and a bit touching up.... maybe 3 more holes, it would be an excellent course to play when you are just lookin for a good ole time.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I have a bit of a soft spot for Bart. The design of the course is awesome first and foremost. As I understand it is the oldest course in Austin. 15 great holes with alternate boxes on holes 1, 2, and 3 to make a full 18. When I began playing I found this course favored fore hand throwers which was my style back then. It has very challenging technical windows and big bomb fairways. Conditions and requirements change on nearly every hole. I have never had a round on the course where I didn't enjoy myself. A shorter course if you find yourself in need of a quick round.
Cons: Bart's natural tee boxes are in extremely bad shape, dug out and eroded. The city has done a better job of maintaing it over the last year, but it can still get overgrown in a hurry. It is an easy course to lose a disc on. Navigating from tee to tee can be difficult. There is no map at the course, if possible first timers should play with a local.
Other Thoughts: I have heard a lot talk that this course in on the block to be redone. I can't think of a course in Austin that is more deserving or more in need. In my opinion it is a jewel and one of my favorite plays in the Austin area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Flawed, but fun
Pros: Bart is now my "home" course. I have played quite a few rounds there and enjoy it quite a bit, when it's not crowded.
The course provides a good white/blue level challenge and has several very good holes. There's a nice variety in terrain and playing the course always makes me feel like a kid on an adventure. There are several opportunities to air out the disc balanced with sufficient technical challenge.
A few of the highlights include:
Hole 3 tees from a cliff area and is a long par 3 with lots of big trees to avoid and the creek lurking on the left. Deuces are to be celebrated and caution must be used to avoid bogeys or worse.
Hole 5 is a downhill, medium length par 3, which requires a controlled, sweeping turnover shot over an OB area.
Hole 7 is my favorite on the course. It is an uphill, medium length par 3 with the OB creek right and an OB sidewalk left. The shot bends left-to-right and demands accurate disc orientation thrown with just the right amount of power. The basket is perched on the pinnacle of the hill. Reading the wind can be tricky on this hole.
Hole 8 is a nice, shorter par 3 thrown downhill through a medium sized gap and finishing to the right. The ground slopes severely left to right and there is a drop off to thick trouble all the way down the right.
Hole 13 is on the short side and shoots through a tight gap off the tee and then the basket is tucked into the woods at the end. A pure shot can park the hole, but bogey is always possible.
Cons: While I enjoy playing Bart, it does have some draw-backs, which can be frustrating for the visiting player.
The tee areas are all natural. Many are rutted out and some have trip roots. Many of the tees have no indicator posts and the ones that do are just that, wooden posts with the hole #.
There are a few places which could use "next tee" signs. Hole 3's long tee is very easy to miss for the uninitiated.
There are quite a few places, near the creek beds with overgrown schule which can make locating discs difficult.
The creek banks can be very slippery and creek crossings must be made on the rocks. This can be dangerous and some players may not find it enjoyable.
The course tends to attract a lot of litter.
Hole 9's tee is very close to hole 14's basket.
Hole 15 brings the main road dangerously into play.
Other Thoughts: Don't be a dirty discer; leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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